FDA Approves Genetically Modified Salmon For Human Consumption


(PCM) The idea of any type of genetically modified food makes us feel kind of uneasy, however the FDA has now ruled that genetically modified salmon is safe for human consumption.

The agency has ruled that the fish is safe to eat despite the number of concerns from consumers about genetically modified food. In a statement the agency revealed “There are no biologically relevant differences in the nutritional profile of AquAdvantage Salmon compared to that of other farm-raised Atlantic salmon.”

The AquAdvantage Salmon are engineered by a Massachusetts-based company called Aquabounty and they claim that their fish grow twice as fast as normal salmon, so they reach the correct market size a lot quicker. The company was able to add a growth hormone found in Pacific Chinook salmon and engineer a way for the fish to produce the hormone all year long, by combining it with a gene from an eel-like fish called an ocean pout.

The company also claims that their fish provide a healthy alternative for consuming salmon without damaging the ocean. The FDA says that they have extensively tested and analyzed the genetically modified salmon and have determined that they are safe for humans to consume.

The part of this that is a little bit unnerving is that since the FDA found no solid differences between normal and engineered salmon they will not require the salmon to be labeled as being engineered when it hits store shelves. Therefore, you may not know that you are actually consuming genetically modified food.

There will be some guidelines put in place by the FDA for any retailers that do wish to label the salmon as being genetically engineered and some have vowed not to sell the salmon at all.


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(PCM) According to the interwebs, November 17th is Homemade Bread Day. It’s not clear why this day, in particular, has been set aside to celebrate home bread baking, but it might have something to do with Thanksgiving being just around the corner. All over the country, holiday menus are starting to get written, and bread, in some form or another, is on most of them.

Sure, you could pick up a few bags of pre-baked dinner rolls; no fuss, no muss. You could even toss some quick-rise biscuits or loaves in the oven last minute; they smell nice and taste… fine, but why not gift your loved ones – and yourself – with the real deal this year?

Starting tonight, pick a bread recipe from your favorite cookbook, website, or family vault; gather what you need and set aside a few hours. They don’t even have to be dedicated, undivided hours – bread-making is mostly bread doing its own thing (proofing, rising, getting toasty in your oven, teasing you with that yummy fresh-baked smell). However, you’ll want to give yourself time to do each step right, especially if you’ve never made bread before. But even if you’re an old pro, allow yourself slow down and enjoy it. This time of year can be particularly stressful, but the familiar, physical, meditative act of kneading and baking can be downright therapeutic.

If your bread comes out less than perfect, don’t despair! Consider some of the most common mistakes (Did you buy the right kind of yeast? Was it still in date? Did you let it get too hot or too cold, did you use too much or too little flour in your dough?) Consult one of the many books or websites on the art of bread-making to troubleshoot and fine-tune your craft, and then try, try again! It’s so worth it, and the beauty of Homemade Bread Day is that you still have a week or more before the main event.

With a little pre-planning and elbow grease (and a warm oven!), you too can soon be rolling out delicious bread to break with those you love.

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KFC Gears Up To Begin Delivery Service To Select U.S. Cities


(PCM) KFC has made the announcement that they will begin offering delivery service to allow customers in two select U.S. cities to have buckets of their delicious fried chicken delivered straight to their door. This will be the first time that a chicken chain franchise will be offering delivery service here in the States.

Starting now, KFC customers in both Los Angeles and San Francisco can have food delivered to their homes. The company says that they plan to expand the delivery service to Houston later this year and depending on how well things go, they may expand to other cities next year.

KFC partnered up with a company called DoorDash to deliver its chicken, biscuits and coleslaw and other food items. Customers will have to make orders through DoorDash’s app or website to utilize the service.  The one downside to the new KFC delivery service is that the prices will be quite a bit higher and the delivery service fee will be anywhere between $4.99 and $6.99 depending upon the customers location. KFC’s value meals, however, such as its eight-piece $20 Family Fill Up will stay the same price. All menu items at the restaurant will be available to order for the delivery service.

In recent years more and more fast food companies are beginning to offer delivery services. Chipotle, McDonald’s and Starbucks work with delivery company Postmates. And Taco Bell, which is also run by KFC owner Yum Brands, works with DoorDash to deliver in certain cities. The chains partner with DoorDash and Postmates because they provide delivery people, an expense that the restaurants don’t have to worry about.

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Dunkin Donuts Reveals New Holiday Cup Design In The Wake Of The Starbucks Cup Drama


(PCM) We are certain that by now many of you are tired of hearing about the massive drama surrounding the plain red colored Starbucks holiday cup design. Critics are calling the cup anti-Christian because it fails to feature any type of Christmas ornamentation. The debate has gotten so out of hand that many people are beginning to block posts on social media that pertain to the cup drama and some have even started the hilarious hashtag #ItsJustACup.

In the midst of all this cup color drama, Dunkin Donuts has taken advantage of the situation and unveiled their all-new cup for the holiday season which of course features the word “Joy” written in cursive surrounded by red and green holiday designs. While neither cup, Starbucks or Dunkin Donuts, explicitly says the phrase “Merry Christmas”, it is quite evident that Dunkin Donuts is making an attempt to cash in on the Starbucks controversy by making quite the festive cup.

Starbucks continues to defend their holiday cup design by saying that left it plain red in color to allow customers to decorate their own coffee cups with messages and drawings. They have not commented on Dunkin Donuts new cup reveal.  We don’t know about you, but seriously how many of us seriously take the time to doodle on our coffee cups let along write out a complete holiday message?  Either way truly remember #ItsJustACup people!

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Canadian Burger Chain Introduces A Reese Peanut Butter Cup Burger


(PCM) Usually the thought of mixing chocolate with just about anything is quite delightful, we are not sure just how we feel about the idea of putting it on a burger! The Canadian gourmet burger chain, The Works, is doing just that and they have created the Reese Peanut Butter Cup Burger (or the PBC Burger for short).

The burger, which sells for $12 and includes one side item, is stuffed with melted Reese’s peanut butter cups and topped with deep-friend onion strings, smoked bacon and more peanut butter cups on top! Since its’ introduction the burger has already become a top seller for the restaurant chain with many individuals giving it a try out of sheer curiosity.

The PBC burger definitely sounds a bit odd, but in a way it sounds a bit delicious as well! Several restaurant chains offer an Elvis-inspired burger that features peanut butter, so why not add some chocolate to the mix as well! What do you think? Would you be willing to give the PBC burger a try?


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Cook Something Bold and Pungent Day (November 8th)

18d9db63-7dfd-4c0e-bbef-76b5441f07b5(PCM) So here we are in the second week of November. It’s time to say goodbye to warm weather, fashion scarves and flip-flops. As we head into our dens now, we need to find ways to stay warm, happy and sexy, to thumb our noses at the long, cold shadow of winter. We need to “spice things up,” try out some new “indoor sports” – yeah, you know what I’m talking about, baby.

We need to get cooking.

“Cook Something Bold and Pungent Day” (November 8th) is one of a smorgasbord of made-up holidays copyrighted (!) by Thomas and Ruth Roy. While much of the Roys’ invented calendar is kind of… out there – consider “Name Your PC Day” (I call mine ‘You Sonuva…’) or “Yell ‘Fudge’ at the Cobras in North America Day” (?!?) – cooking something strong and deliciously stinky is actually a great way to put zing in your dreary November nights – and kick-start your culinary creativity as we roll into the holidays.

“Pungent” means having a strong smell or flavor. It doesn’t have to be bad. Garlic is classically pungent, but is it bold? There is a whole world of choices beyond what most Americans have in their cupboards. If you want a taste of real adventure, why not reach for one of these piquant, odiferous, and maybe new-to-you herbs and spices?

Star anise is the dried, star-shaped fruit of an evergreen tree native to China. While unrelated to European aniseed, star anise has a similar licorice-esque aroma. It is popular in Asian cuisine, where it is used in sweet and savory dishes. It is one of the main components of Chinese Five-Spice, along with Sichuan pepper, cinnamon, cloves and ginger. Star anise is particularly tasty paired with soy sauce, tomato or citrus. When cooking with star anise, a little goes a long way; a few whole pods can imbue intense, fruity flavor to soups, stews, or braises (be sure to remove the pods before serving!). Ground star anise packs more punch; add a teaspoon or two to roasts, stir fry or sauces.

U.S. sumac is a poisonous plant that can give you a helluva rash, but Mediterranean sumac is edible and delicious! The red sumac berry has a strong, sweet-tart flavor reminiscent of lemons. It is a common component of za’atar, a Middle Eastern seasoning along with herbs and spices like thyme, marjoram, oregano, sesame seed, and salt. Dried sumac berries can be steeped in liquid or ground into a powder to add a distinctively bright color and flavor to sauces, salads, soups, dips, dry rubs, grains, legumes, veggies, marinades and beverages.

When crushed or ground, Cardamom seeds have a resinous aroma and strong mint-like zing. Cardamom is used extensively in Indian cooking, especially in curries, desserts and beverages such as chai tea and liqueurs. It popular throughout Asia, and is also an important ingredient in Middle Eastern coffee and Scandinavian mulled wines, sweets, stews and meat dishes. Cardamom seeds are best ground or crushed only as needed; their flavor is quickly lost if you leave them lying around broken. You can remove cardamom seeds from their pods first or grind the whole thing together; the flavor is more intense when separated, but it can be tricky…a labor of love.

Lemongrass is a bulbous herb, similar to a scallion, that is prized for its complex floral, lemony flavor. It is often combined with aromatics such as garlic and chilies, particularly in Thai and other southeast Asian cuisines. Fresh lemongrass is best if stripped of its tough outer layers and sliced thin; it can be added to salads, fish dishes, and stir fry. Try dried Lemongrass whole in
stews, curries, braises or even tea, or chop and sprinkle it on meat, fish, or veggies for a fresh, citrus (but non-acidic!) kick.

Also known as “Grains of Paradise,” Melegueta pepper is not actually a pepper: it is a seed from a leafy plant native to West Africa. It is a common flavoring in the cuisines of West and Northern Africa and Brazil, where it was introduced by slaves brought to the New World. A relative of cardamom, Melegueta pepper is, well, peppery, but also reminiscent of citrus and ginger. It is also a trendy flavoring in vinegar, craft beers, gin, and cordials. You can rub it on meat or sprinkle over vegetables – basically anywhere you would use a pepper mill. In the spirit of being bold, you might also try Melegueta pepper with fruit, jams, or sweet desserts, like you would used cardamom or cloves. Add the seeds whole to your recipes for a mild boost, or ground fresh.

This is just a “for-starters” list; many interesting, piquant, aromatic and unexpected herbs and spices are available in your better-stocked grocery stores. You can also find them in natural food stores, specialty cooking shops, ethnic markets, farmers’ markets or through online purveyors. Wherever you shop, be sure to look for quality and freshness, and ask or look up how to store your ingredients properly so you get the best bang for your culinary buck. But don’t be intimidated – be bold! This could be the season for a whole new, deliciously pungent you.

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